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How Warehouse Automation Increases Supply Chain Resilience

The logistics industry is an ideal application for increased use of autonomous systems. The past two years of the Covid-19 pandemic have had a profound impact across every part of society, often in unexpected ways. In particular, the pandemic exposed weaknesses in supply chain infrastructures that are still being felt today....

8 Ways Automation is Transforming Last-Mile Delivery

Automating last-mile delivery can help the transportation industry overcome the final hurdle. Businesses around the globe pour seemingly endless amounts of energy into optimizing their supply chains, from sourcing and production to order fulfillment. The irony is that, after all this work, the final mile can be logistically the most difficult...

3 Ways Automation Creates a More Ergonomic Work Environment

Factory automation can reduce employee injury by eliminating many of the highest risk scenarios. Every good business owner understands the importance of avoiding injuries among the workforce almost without being told, but preventing them isn’t always a simple task. Some jobs are necessarily more dangerous than others, and even work that...

4 Ways Multi-Functional Robots Save Manufacturing Costs

Robots can engage in multiple functions at a time, allowing for versatile and cost-saving applications. For many years, manufacturing automation has focused on hard-coded systems, where components were moved through a series of stations, each with its own specialized task. Each machine performed a very specific sequence of movements designed to...

5 Advantages of Robots in the Machine Tending Space

Using advanced robotics for material handling in a space already occupied by automated equipment offers numerous benefits to both manufacturers and machine operators. Modern manufacturing has advanced so far in recent decades that almost every factory includes some kind of automation. As automation has become more ubiquitous, the role of human...

6 Ways to Dispense Lubricants in Factory Automation

Automated lubrication systems are an essential feature of many assemblies. What kind does your assembly require? Across many industries, lubricants play a critical role in reducing friction in moving components, helping parts resist corrosion and extending the overall life of a product. From pistons to landing gears to joints and ball...

4 Manufacturing Advantages of Build-to-Print Fabrication

Avoid production delays with build-to-print manufacturers who deliver components built to specification. When a client approaches a manufacturer with a fabrication need, the work they are looking for can be split into two rough categories: design and spec, which involves developing a production process from scratch, and build-to-print, wherein the client...

8 Applications for Automation in Cannabis Production

With a boom in demand for CBD oil and marijuana, cannabis producers need efficient ways to increase production. It should come as no surprise that today’s cannabis industry is thriving. In 2020, legal marijuana sales hit a record of USD 17.5 billion, and that number is only rising for the foreseeable...

5 Ways Factory Automation Supports the Medical Device Industry

Medical devices are subject to strict regulations and high-quality control standards. Automation can help. The healthcare industry is among the most highly advanced manufacturing fields in the world, with tight controls and restrictions governing the development and production of medical devices at every stage. At the same time, researchers and developers...

7 Kinds of Waste Reduced by Digital Lean Manufacturing

How Industry 4.0 is supporting continuous improvement across the production process. For decades, lean manufacturing has been a hallmark of production excellence. The principles behind it, which focus on reducing waste and continuous improvement, have helped businesses improve their processes at nearly every manufacturing stage. When a production process is operating...

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